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Flat Feet Can Make Weight Lifting Unsafe

Flat Feet Can Make Weight Lifting Unsafe

Flat Feet can be a minor annoyance or a major issue for many since the arches can fall and lack their natural structure when not functioning correctly. This condition can happen for many reasons including genetics, muscle deformities, sustained trauma or through natural aging. The arch allows the foot to raise off the ground in a manner that maintains alignment of the ankle, knee and hips. Therefore, a flat foot can cause the heel to stick out, which causes the knee to move in an unusual manner. When weightlifting is added to the mix, it can cause complications with the knees, hips and back. This condition will make gym activities difficult and can cause tension in the ankle joints. One such popular activity, squatting, can add high levels of stress to the joints of the body if the arch lacks its shape and can thereafter cause improper alignment. It can lead to tears in ligaments and severe complications.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Physical therapy to strengthen the feet’s muscles.
  • Custom fitted orthotics to help form an arch when mobile.
  • Utilize the correct type of weightlifting footwear so that the heel is raised, there are supporting straps to keep the foot planted against the inside of the shoe during lifting (adding stability and support in the lower part of the region of the arch) and the sole is made of level rubber to absorb forces to make up for the lack of an arch.

Flat feet can be difficult enough during routine activities. However, when intense activities such as weight lifting are attempted with this condition, proper precaution and treatment are necessary to avoid complications that can reverberate throughout the body. Here at NOLA Sole Podiatry located in New Orleans, LA, our podiatrists, Dr. Kristina Robertson, DPM and Dr. Taylor Robertson, DPM can develop the best treatment plan for your flat feet to help get those arches back in their bent position and assist with providing alignment to the rest of the lower body. So, schedule an appointment with us by calling our office at 504-302-1586 so that you can walk with an arch in your step!

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